Posted: 6:45 a.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018
On the heels of a record-breaking year for the once-fledgling Palm Beach County Convention Center, local tourism leaders are weighing expansion of the 365,000-square-foot building to accommodate larger conventions and meetings.
The county’s Tourist Development Council voted this month to spend up to $50,000 to study expanding the convention center off Okeechobee Boulevard in downtown West Palm Beach. The study also will look at the inventory of hotel rooms around the convention center to determine whether more would be needed to support a larger center.
Tourism leaders say the expansion would allow the center’s sales team to compete for larger events, while also spurring new hotel developmentdowntown. Ultimately, industry experts say the growth would bring more tourists, creating additional jobs and increasing spending among out-of-town visitors.